In a gripping showdown at the Zaabeel Stadium, Al Wasl extended their winning streak by defeating Bani Yas 3-2, securing their third consecutive win in the ADNOC Pro League. This latest victory bolsters Al Wasl to an impressive 9 points, leaving Bani Yas trailing behind with 3.
The hosts took the lead when Ali Saleh pounced on a defensive blunder by Bani Yas. Capitalizing on an errant pass, the ball was expertly crossed to Haris Seferovic, who effortlessly found the back of the net.
The lead did not last long; as Bani Yas leveled the scoring when Sasa Ivkovic towered above Al Wasl's defense to thump a powerful header into the middle of the net, to make it 1-1.
Only a minute after the hour-mark, Ali Saleh turned from a provider to a scorer when he met Haris Seferovic's cross with a brilliant backheel finish into the back of the net from a close range.
Saleh has been instrumental this season, being directly involved in 4 of Al Wasl’s 7 league goals; a tally of two goals and two assists. Interestingly, Bani Yas seem to be his favorite opponent, with three goals and as many assists credited against them.
The momentum shifted further in favor of Al Wasl when substitute Adama Diallo amplified the lead, heading home a decisive goal in the 83rd minute. Diallo’s recent form has been nothing short of exceptional, contributing to five goals in the last three matches, spanning both the ADNOC Pro League and the ADIB Cup fixtures.
Despite trailing, Bani Yas displayed undying spirit, with Sasa Ivkovic netting once more in the 87th minute, adding suspense to an already exhilarating clash.